Australasian Safari: Dramatic first Australian Stage in the Motobikes
The first leg of Australasian Safari 2010 started in spectacular fashion
today when the first and second moto starters crashed following a
navigation error by Todd Smith in only the first stage.
Todd managed to get back on the bike uninjured but AJ Roberts, who started
second today, did not fare as well, requiring a transport to Kalgoorlie
Hospital with a suspected broken wrist, ending his chances of a Safari
2010 podium finish.
Todd managed to travel on through the stage but trouble struck again when
he came off again after losing a back brake, and after finishing the last
stage is nursing a sore shoulder. He finished the leg in fifth position.
Two-time Safari winner Ben Grabham had a strong and uneventful day, making
it through the stages without any problems, finishing the leg in first
position, followed by last year’s moto winner Jacob Smith.
‘I had a good day, didn’t find anything tricky and just tried to keep my
riding consistent,’ Ben said.
‘After Todd dropped back and AJ was out, I found myself in the lead after
the first stage, which I didn’t really want to do as I haven’t navigated
in a race for a year or so. The last stage was really tricky to navigate,
but I knew I just had to take my time.’
Jacob Smith said he also had difficulty in the last stage where the track
was badly overgrown, making it a huge challenge for the earlier riders. ‘I
had a really tough day, and had trouble before I’d even started the first
stage with an oil leak which I think lost me five or six minutes, but at
least I’ve made it back.’
A number of bikes didn’t manage to finish the Leg and the remainder are
gradually returning to the Leonora camp.
The 356 competitive kms (579kms in total) from Southern Cross north east
to Leonora provided a score of challenges including anthills, large
sections of badly rutted dirt, salt lakes and a crossing of the Trans
Considered one of the world’s great endurance events, the Australasian
Safari will travel from Southern Cross in the wheatbelt through to the
historic Western Australian goldfields, desert, rugged bush and coastal
sand dunes, finishing at Esperance.
Australasian Safari RESULTS: Overall Standings Bikes Day 1 Sunday (Top 10)
01) Grabham (AUS) I KTM 530 EXC I 04:21:04
02) Smith (AUS) I Honda CCC I 04:22:33
03) Faggotter (AUS) I Yamaha WR450F I 04:25:35
04) Diener (AUS) I KTM 690 ENDURO/R I 04:26:37
05) Smith (AUS) I KTM 530 EXC I 04:27:21
06) Fish (AUS) I KTM 530 EXC I 04:27:43
07) Vroom (AUS) I Honda CRF450X I 04:40:13
08) Rodrigues Filho (BR) I Husaberg FE570 I 04:43:02
09) Costello (AUS) I Honda CRF 450X I 04:45:27
10) Erceg (AUS) I KTM EXC450 I 04:46:08
Australasian Safari RESULTS: Overall Standings Quads Day 1 Sunday (all)
01) Lawson (AUS) I Can-am Renegade 800 I 05:25:38
02) Smith (AUS) I Honda TRX700XX I 05:26:02
03) Maragozidis (AUS) I Interceptor 850 I 05:45:20